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The History of Dentistry: Highlights from a Long Journey


Consider the history of dentistry: What were the earliest signs of tooth restoration? Why did barbers extract teeth? How did our profession impact a presidential inaugural address?

The origins of the dental profession span the earliest signs of tooth restoration (13,000 years ago!) through the opening of the first dental school in 1840 and many discoveries in between. As dentistry moves into the 21st century, it is critical that we acknowledge the past―designing a future of relevancy and success:

Historical knowledge, it is “not to make us clever for the next time, but to make us wise forever.”—Swiss Historian Jacob Burkhardt

Join us for an exciting presentation designed for both dental professionals and students curious about the history of our profession. Dedicated time will be provided at the end of the webinar for live Q&A with Andrew I. Spielman, D.M.D., M.S., Ph.D., President of the American Academy of the History of Dentistry.

Learning Objectives
  • Overview the history of dentistry.
  • Describe key events in dental history that have impacted society.
  • Satisfy curiosity and spark further inquiry into dental history.
CE information:

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by April 23, 2023. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.


  • Andrew I. Spielman, D.M.D., M.S., Ph.D.

    Dr. Spielman is Professor and former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at NYU College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry), where he received the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009. Dr. Spielman is President of the American Academy of the History of Dentistry, NYU Dentistry’s, former Interim Chair of the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, a Past Chair of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations and the author of 120 publications. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the International College of Dentists, The Lindsey Society for the History of Dentistry and the New York Academy of Medicine. He holds a D.M.D. from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Târgu Mureş, a certificate in Maxillofacial Surgery from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, a M.S. and Ph.D. in Oral Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Toronto and a certificate in History of Medicine (online) from the University of Oxford.

April 23, 2020
Thu 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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